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Liz Truss resigns as UK’s Prime Minister

Following the resignation of two of her highest-ranking ministers in a single week, a botched financial plan, and dissatisfaction across the board as a result of economic woes, Lizz Truss resigned as the country’s Prime Minister.

One member of the executive of the 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, which sets the rules for selecting and changing the party’s leader, said that the odds are against Liz Truss surviving the day as prime minister.

A Conservative lawmaker lambasted Liz Truss’ government on Wednesday after the resignation of the interior minister.

Suella Braverman quit on Wednesday with a broadside at Liz Truss, underscoring the erosion of the prime minister’s authority after just weeks in the job.

The departure of Braverman, over a “technical” breach of government rules, means Truss has now lost two of her most senior ministers in less than a week, both replaced by politicians who had not backed her for the leadership.

Hours after Braverman’s resignation, lawmakers openly rowed and jostled amid confusion over whether a vote on fracking was a confidence vote in her administration and whether Conservative lawmakers were obliged to vote in line with the government.

Truss, in power for just over six weeks, has been fighting for her political survival ever since September 23, when she launched a “mini-budget,” an economic programme of vast unfunded tax cuts that sent a shock to financial markets.

A handful of lawmakers has openly called for her to quit, and others have discussed her replacement. Following the scenes in parliament, there were reports that the person responsible for Conservative party discipline, and their deputy, had also resigned.

British Conservative lawmaker Sheryll Murray said on Thursday she had submitted a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Liz Truss, adding to yet another figure in her party openly showing discontent.

I agree with @garystreeterSWD I had high hopes for Liz Truss but after what happened last night her position has become untenable and I have submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady.

— Sheryll Murray MP (@sheryllmurray) October 20, 2022

A gag by the Daily Star started making headlines on social media, the British newspaper launched a live stream tracking whether the embattled prime minister can outlast an off-the-shelf lettuce.

The lettuce gag is inspired by The Economist, which noted on October 11 that between a near-immediate political implosion at the beginning of her tenure and the 10 days of mourning after Queen Elizabeth II died, her grip on power amounted to seven days, or “roughly the shelf-life of a lettuce.”

Day one: Which wet lettuce will last longer?

— Daily Star (@dailystar) October 14, 2022

The tabloid set up a live feed of an unrefrigerated iceberg next to a photo of Truss. “Which wet lettuce will last longer?,” it asked in a Twitter post, showing the feed that had garnered over 50,000 likes in its first five hours online.

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